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The urban nightlife – a lecture

Last Thursday evening, I wandered along to the headquarters of the Magic Circle – for a lecture on how to deal with problems and benefits caused by urban nightlife. The evening was hosted by The Civic Trust – which is

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Hearing test

Back to the hospital this morning to get the results of a hearing test to try and work out what is wrong with – well, my hearing. You may have heard of cocktail party syndrome – where people are able

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The science of beer – a lecture

One for your diaries. The great British pint – an integral part of our culture. As summer approaches and our thoughts turn to lazy Sundays in the beer garden what better way to spend an evening than learning about beer

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Should Madam Tussauds make a waxwork of Gordon Brown?

OK – its just a bit of blatant bit of PR spin by the infamous tourist attraction, but they are asking the public to decide if they should make a waxwork of Gordon Brown. http://www.madame-tussauds.co.uk/GordonBrownVote/

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150 Years of Watford Station

This Monday, the 5th May marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the train station at Watford Junction in North London. The station was originally the London terminus of the St Albans Abbey Branch Line, which was opened by

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Have I Got News For You

As I mentioned earlier this week, I went to watch a recording of Have I Got News for You last night – and it will be broadcast tonight. It’s a classic episode. Brian Blessed (BB) is an even larger personality

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International London

One of the things I love about London is how incredibly “international” it is. As someone who was brought up overseas and hopped around the place every other year – I am used to seeing/meeting people of all sorts of

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Gordon’s Alive?

I am off to watch another recording of Have I Got News for You this Thursday evening and thought I would check to see who the guest presenter would be. It’s Brian Blessed! And the guest panelists are Alan Duncan

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HMS Ocelot

As part of my day down at Chatham Dockyard, which I will write about in a day or two (as I am too tired right now), we went inside a submarine! In a dry dock is HMS Ocelot, an Oberon-class

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Getting into private homes to see private “bits of heritage”

Last night, while wandering round a museum of dead animals, glass of wine in hand – conversation turned as it invariably does to the weighty maters of taxation and art. Not totally unexpected as the museum has some artifacts which

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Lecture tonight

Off to do some brain exercising tonight – and will be attending a lecture at the Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy on how nature affected how manmade materials and structures were designed. I like this sort of thing,

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Want to sponsor a tube station?

Dubai, city of skyscrapers and oil wealth is not quite so wedded to the motor car that it wont consider public transport and is nearing the completion of its own metro railway network. I saw an advert in this weeks

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A Trip on a 70 Year Old Tube Train

In 1938, a new modern tube train was introduced on London Underground – with the radical change in that it abolished the front locomotive which used to pull tube trains. In 1998, the 1938 stock made its final trip on

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Strange smells in London

Chatting on another website and quite a few people all over London are commenting on a very strange smell in the air this morning – almost manure like. I stuck my nose out of the window and sniffed, and yes

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Does Starbucks Love Paul McCartney?

They seem to play his Dance Tonight song every half hour in my local branch. I’ve noticed this trend in the past, but never heard enough of the lyrics to be able to Google and find out what the name

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